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GEORGE TOWN – The opposition pact Pakatan Harapan  today announced its leadership line up for Penang.

The chairman is Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng with the 11-strong council having five representatives from DAP.

Guan Eng revealed the names at a press conference here today.

The council has four deputy chairmen namely state PKR chairman  Datuk Mansor Othman, state DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow, state Parti Amanah Negara chairman  Datuk Mujahid Yusuf and state PPBM chairman Marzuki Yahya.

The secretary is the chief minister’s political secretary Wong Hon Wai (DAP) while Penang state executive councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo (DAP) is the treasurer. Dr Afif  Bahardin (PKR) is the information chief.

Chow, who is also a state executive councillor, has also been named as the chairman of the manifesto committee while Sungai  Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim (DAP) heads the women’s wing. – BERNAMA

GEORGE TOWN – The High Court here today fixed Nov 14 for management of a corruption case involving Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon over the purchase of a bungalow at below the market price.

Judge Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail set the date after lawyer R.S.N Rayer, representing Lim, informed the court that the hearing of the appeal application by Lim and Phang against a High Court’s decision in rejecting their application to challenge the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act at the Court of Appeal would begin on Aug 7.

The prosecution was represented by deputy public prosecutors  Budiman Lutfi Mohamed and Mohd Ashrof Adrin Kamarul, while Phang was represented by lawyer Datuk V. Sithambaram.

Lim and Phang were however not in the court today.

On March 7 this year, the court rejected a petition by Lim and Phang to declare Section 62 of the MACC Act 2009 as unconstitutional and void. Lim and Phang filed the application in January this year.

(Section 62 states that once the prosecution submits documents pursuant to Section 51A of the Criminal Procedure Code, the accused shall, before the trial begins, submit the following documents:

(a) a statement of defence and

(b) a copy of any document that can be presented as part of the evidence for the defence.).

On June 30 last year, Lim pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption in the conversion of land from agriculture to housing, and the purchase of a plot of land and bungalow at below market value.

For the first charge, Lim was accused as a civil servant, namely the Penang Chief Minister, of using his position to obtain gratification for himself and his wife, Betty Chew Gek Cheng, by approving the conversion of agricultural land to residential in the southwest of Penang for a company, Magnificient Emblem Sdn Bhd.

Lim, 56, allegedly committed the offence while chairing a meeting of the Penang State Planning Committee in the Operations Room, 8th Floor, Komtar tower on July 18, 2014. He was charged under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009 which provides for a jail-term of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of graft involved, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

On the second charge, Lim was accused as a civil servant of obtaining for himself a plot of land and a bungalow at No 25, Jalan Pinhorn, George Town, at a price which he knew did not commensurate with its value from Phang, at RM2.8 million, when its market value at the time was RM4.27 million.

He allegedly committed the offence at No 25, Jalan Pinhorn, George Town, on July 28, 2015.

The charge, under Section 165 of the Penal Code, provides a jail term of up to two years, or fine, or both upon conviction.

Phang, as the former owner of the bungalow, pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring with Lim for him to obtain the bungalow at below market price at the same place and date.

The businesswoman was charged under Section 109 of the Penal Code read together with Section 165, which provides for a jail term of up to two years, or fine, or both, if convicted. – BERNAMA

 

GEORGE TOWN – DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said today the Pakatan Rakyat coalition was no more.

“There is no Pakatan Rakyat anymore,” he told a press conference after attending the Penang Development Corporation Aidilfitri ‘open house’ here.

Lim’s statement  came a day after Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said that Selangor would continue to be governed by the defunct Pakatan Rakyat as it was the mandate given by the people.

Lim, who is Penang Chief Minister, was asked to comment on Azmin’s statement. Lim, however, declined to elaborate on the matter.

“Penang is run by a Pakatan Harapan government and we are all part of Pakatan Harapan. I will reply (with) the details later,” he said.

Pakatan Harapan was formed in September 2015 by DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara after PAS cut ties with DAP in July 2015 which resulted in Pakatan Rakyat falling apart.  – BERNAMA

 

THE winding-up speech of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (pic) (DAP-Air Putih) was a lively affair with the state Opposition badgering him about the Peel Avenue hospital land deal.

“For years you have been thumping your chest (‘tepuk dada’) about Penang practising the open tender system.

“Now, the people of Penang want to know if this policy is absolute or not?” Opposition Leader Datuk Jahara Hamid (BN-Telok Air Tawar) asked.

“When did I ever say the open tender policy is absolute. If there is a strategic investment, we do direct negotiations,” retorted Lim.

Jahara shot back: “Ya, words like ‘strategic investment’ and ‘direct negotiations’ are only mentioned now while the government all this while prides itself for doing open tenders.

“This project for the rich can be fast-tracked while there are affordable housing projects of the Federal Government languishing with no approval for five years since the applications.”

Jahara was referring to the 99-year lease of state land in Peel Avenue awarded to Island Hospital for the development of the ‘Island Medical City’.

Lim mentioned it in his winding-up speech.

“The letter of offer for the Island Medical City project was given in 2015 and agreement was signed in December last year.”

“It was only signed after two years of negotiation. How can you call it fast-track?” Lim asked.

He also said housing projects by Federal agencies such as Penang Regional Development Authority and JKP Sdn Bhd were not approved because they included units priced at above RM1mil.

Datuk Shah Headan Ayoob Hussain Shah (BN-Telok Bahang) interjected and read an excerpt from Lim’s 2008 speech in Parliament which goes, “Open tenders should be practiced at all times and in foreign countries if a project is given without open tender its termed as corruption and legal action could be taken”.

“What is your answer to this? Is state’s open tender policy absolute or not?” Shah Headan asked.

Lim answered: “I never said it was absolute. It’s a core component while some requests for proposals would be negotiated directly.

“Why are you all questioning this deal when the Ikea deal in Batu Kawan was inked through direct negotiations and no one questioned that?”

“Why are all of you harping on this when it’s only one percent of the entire RM39bil given out through open tenders.”

He closed his speech by saying that if he was “not around”, the next chief minister would be Chow Kon Yeow (DAP-Padang Kota).

That led to an uproar from the Opposition bench, who wondered how he could name Chow when there are two deputy chief ministers in line for the post. – The Star Online

GEORGE TOWN – Sarawak DAP has been told to prepare for Pujut by-election after Dr Ting Tiong Choon was disqualified as a member of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly yesterday.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said he was shocked by the decision of the Sarawak State Assembly to disqualify Dr Ting as Pujut State Assemblyman and regarded it as politically motivated.

The Penang chief minister said the Election Court had rejected the election petition for Pujut state seat filed by Barisan Nasional (BN) who claimed that Dr Ting had Australian citizenship after registering as a voter in Australia.

“We will challenge this matter in court. At the same time, I have directed Sarawak DAP to prepare for a by-election,” he told reporters after launching a waste separation programme at Punca, Kadun Air Putih, today.

In October last year, Election Court Judge P. Ravinthran rejected a petition brought by BN candidate Datuk Hii King Chiong and ordered the petitioner to pay RM80,000 costs to the respondent, Dr Ting.

Guan Eng said the Election Court had decided that it was a legitimate election but the Sarawak State Assembly decided to ignore the decision by tabling a motion calling for the removal of Dr Ting.

“The Penang State Assembly can also call for a motion to disqualify a member but we do not do so because of democracy.

“We respect the choice of the people, if there is a technical problem, let it be decided in court,” he added.

Dr Ting was disqualified after the motion to disqualify his membership was tabled by Sarawak Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce, Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh in the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly yesterday. – BERNAMA

BUTTERWORTH – PAS’ move to declare DAP as its main enemy in the 14th General Election (GE14) shows the party has ‘lost its way’ in politics, and that it will only serve to benefit Barisan Nasional (BN), says DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

Lim added that as a former ally of DAP, PAS’ action did not make any sense.

“So here, it is clear that PAS, in terms of its political struggle has lost its way and it forgets who is the ally, who is the enemy..by right PAS’ main enemy should be BN,” he told reporters after a briefing session on current issues here, today.

He was commenting on a statement by Penang PAS representative Yusni Mat Piah that BN was no longer PAS’ main opposition in GE14, and in fact it was DAP, because the latter was against the Islamic agenda.

During the debate on the president’s speech held in conjunction with the 63rd PAS Muktamar in Kedah yesterday, Yusni also considered Pakatan Harapan (PH) – comprising DAP, Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Parti Amanah Negara and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia – as the Islamic party’s main opposition.

Lim, who is also Penang Chief Minister, said PH did not intend to meet with the PAS leadership to discuss the matter, but rather continue efforts to strengthen the pact. – BERNAMA

GEORGE TOWN – DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today refuted an allegation by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang that DAP had sought foreign intervention in Malaysian affairs.

Abdul Hadi had made a baseless allegation which could be regarded as slander against DAP because he had not disclosed any evidence, he said to reporters here.

He said he hoped that Abdul Hadi could furnish proof and name the leader who had sought such foreign intervention.

Lim, who is the Penang chief minister, said the DAP had never associated itself with such a thing.

Abdul Hadi had allegedly made the claim during a talk in Marang, Terengganu. – BERNAMA

GEORGE TOWN – The DAP-led Penang government is insisting that it will table a motion to condemn Datuk Shabudin Yahaya over his comments in the Dewan Rakyat on allowing rapists to marry their victims when the State Assembly sits in May.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the motion was not aimed at taking revenge against the Tasek Gelugor MP but instead in the interest of the public because his comments had caused outrage.

He said this at a press conference here today in responding to a statement by Penang UMNO chief Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman yesterday who described the plan to table the motion as act of revenge following the revelation by Shabudin in Parliament last year on purchase of real estate at below market price by Lim.

Zainal Abidin also said that Penang UMNO would be asking Penang opposition leader Datuk Jahara Hamid to table a motion to call for Lim to resign as Chief Minister when the assembly sits on May 19.

Shabudin, when debating the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill 2017 in the Dewan Rakyat on April 4, had said that allowing rapists to marry their victims in certain cases could serve as a remedy to the increasing number of social problems, which caused public outrage.

On Penang UMNO’s plan to table a motion to ask him to step down, Lim said that he did not have problems with that and would leave it to the Speaker to make a decision on it. – BERNAMA

GEORGE TOWN – The corruption trial of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon set for March 27 has been postponed until their appeal to challenge the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act is settled.

High Court Judge Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail allowed the application by counsel Gobind Singh Deo, who represented Lim, to stay the trial pending the outcome of their appeal in the Court of Appeal, and set April 25 for case management.

On March 7, the court rejected a petition by Lim and Phang to declare Section 62 of the MACC Act 2009 as unconstitutional and void.

Lim and Phang filed the application in January this year. Section 62 states that once the prosecution submits documents pursuant to Section 51A of the Criminal Procedure Code, the accused shall, before the trial begins, submit the following documents: (a) a statement of defence and (b) a copy of any document that can be
presented as part of the evidence for the defence.

On June 30 last year, Lim pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption in the conversion of land from agriculture to housing, and the purchase of a plot of land and bungalow at below market value.

For the first charge, Lim was accused as a civil servant, namely the Penang Chief Minister, of using his position to obtain gratification for himself and his wife, Betty Chew Gek Cheng, by approving the conversion of agricultural land to residential in the southwest of Penang for a company, Magnificient Emblem Sdn Bhd.

Lim, 56, allegedly committed the offence while chairing a meeting of the Penang State Planning Committee in the Operations Room, 8th Floor, Komtar tower on July 18, 2014.

He was charged under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009 which provides for a jail-term of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of graft involved, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

On the second charge, Lim was accused as a civil servant of obtaining for himself a plot of land and a bungalow at No 25, Jalan Pinhorn, George Town, at a price which he knew did not commensurate with its value from Phang, at RM2.8 million, when its market value at the time was RM4.27 million.

He allegedly committed the offence at No 25, Jalan Pinhorn, George Town, on July 28, 2015 in accordance with Section 165 of the Penal Code which provides for a jail term of up to two years, or fine, or both upon conviction.

Phang, as the former owner of the bungalow, pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring with Lim for him to obtain the bungalow at below market price at the same place and date.

The businesswoman was charged under Section 109 of the Penal Code read together with Section 165, which provides for a jail term of up to two years, or fine, or both, if convicted.

Outside the court, Gobind told reporters he had filed a notice of appeal at the Court of Appeal against the court’s decision to reject his client’s petition.

“Should the Court of Appeal allow the appeal, it will affect any defence during the trial. In this situation, it’s better to have the Court of Appeal hear and decide on the issue before this (corruption) case takes place,” he said.

Meanwhile, DPP Datuk Masri Mohd Daud said the prosecution agreed with the counsel’s application to suspend the corrption trial after considering all the factors.

He said they were also in the process of requesting the Court of Appeal to expedite the hearing. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The application filed by Lim Guan Eng to set aside the leave obtained by the Attorney-General (AG) to initiate committal proceeding against him will he heard on July 14.

High Court Judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah set the date in chambers in the presence of senior federal counsel Shamsul Bolhassan representing the AG, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, and lawyer Gobind Singh Deo representing Lim.

Speaking to reporters, Gobind said the application was initially scheduled to be heard today, but was postponed as they needed more time to change and scrutinise the affidavits pertaining to the application.

The AG as the plaintiff had filed an ex-parte originating summons regarding the matter on Aug 18 and had named Lim as the defendant.

In it, the AG had sought leave for the committal proceeding to have Lim jailed for contempt-of-court for allegedly issuing statements in the print and/or social media which were detrimental to the administration of justice, lead to erosion of the people’s confidence in the judicial system and questioned the dignity and integrity of the courts.

The AG is also seeking costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.

He said the action was taken to ensure the sanctity and integrity of the judiciary and the justice system in the country was always protected and not criticised, shamed and insulted according to one’s whims and fancies.

He added that contempt-of-court should be frowned upon failing which doubts could arise on the administration of justice in the country.

According to the AG, the statements made by Lim at a press conference in George Town, Penang, that the corruption charges against the Bagan MP were a conspiracy and that he (Lim) would be jailed, could be clearly interpreted as the courts were also being roped in on “trumped up corruption charges”.

Last Sept 21, the court granted leave for the AG to initiate committal proceeding against Lim.

On June 30, 2016, Lim pleaded not guilty at the Penang High Court to corruption charges relating to the changing of status of a parcel of land from agricultural zone to housing development zone and purchase of a bungalow at below market price. – BERNAMA